IPC looking to create more athletics events

More events planned but International Paralympic Committee stresses plans in ‘infancy’

Jonnie Peacock (Mark Shearman)

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is looking to stage more high profile disability athletics meetings to capitalise on increasing global interest and the success of London 2012 but stressed that any plans are at a very early stage.

Following newspaper reports that the IPC has decided to trial a global series of meetings in 2013 in the style of the IAAF Diamond League, the global governing body released a statement confirming that the possibility is being looked into, but that nothing has been confirmed.

“Following the success of London 2012, IPC Athletics is looking into how it can stage a number of high profile meetings to capitalise on increasing global interest and to create more competition opportunities for athletes,” said Craig Spence, the IPC’s Director of Communications.

“However, this project is still very much in its infancy,” he continued. “Absolutely nothing is agreed nor signed.

“At the moment we have a strong proposal and are having discussions with interested parties.”

It had been claimed that eight-meet series would start in April, with two events in Britain as well as meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Germany and the Netherlands.

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